About the Foundation
The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in Los Altos and San Francisco, California. The Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people. In 2020, the Foundation awarded more than $127 million in grants. The Foundation’s grantmaking is guided by the values of humility, courage, justice, opportunity,
sustainability, innovation, relationships, and integrity.
During the remainder of 2021, employees have the option to work remotely. We plan to fully reopen our offices in 2022, at which time we will implement a hybrid work model.
The Program Associate (PA) provides administrative and program-related support to the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity (C&O) team. The C&O program focuses on four areas: building community power in San Jose, organizational effectiveness for grantees across the Foundation, journalism, and the CEO Fund.
In 2020, the C&O team made 150 grants totaling approximately $12.25 million in grant funding through the Foundation and 4 grants totaling $1.5 million through the Heising-Simons Action Fund. It is anticipated that the volume and amount will increase from 2021 to 2022.
The C&O team is currently staffed by one PA, one Program Officer (PO), and the Program Director (PD).
This full-time (37.5 hours per week) non-exempt position reports to the PD and works collaboratively with the entire C&O team and may provide support to other program teams as needed. This position is based in our Los Altos office.
This position is an opportunity to learn about place-based grantmaking, organizational effectiveness, and philanthropy.
The primary responsibilities of the PA are to:
This is a relatively entry-level position, with opportunities to learn and grow in the role. Candidates are not expected to have experience in all areas listed in the job posting.
Provide grants administration for the program’s organizational effectiveness, local, and membership portfolios.
Provide administrative support.
Support the C&O program’s strategy development, learning, and evaluation.
Compensation and Benefits
The target starting salary for this position is $72,000-86,000 per year, depending on geographic location and experience.
We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, long term disability, business travel and life insurance, flexible spending accounts for medical and child care expenses, a 401(k) plan (with a matching contribution of up to 16%), commuting assistance, an employee assistance program (EAP), mental health counseling, tuition reimbursement and a generous professional development budget, matching gifts, fitness reimbursements, fertility and adoption assistance, and identity theft protection. In addition, we allow flexible schedules and some telecommuting with the manager’s approval.
Paid time off includes:
The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of applicants. Foundation policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, military service, legally protected medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Our success is dependent on our ability to build teams that include people with different experiences and expertise and who can challenge each other’s assumptions with new viewpoints and bring different perspectives to the team. We encourage women, people of color, formerly incarcerated individuals, immigrants, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and others with diverse perspectives and experiences to apply.